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Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Epicureans Breakfast with Santa grants Palliative Cares wishes

The Epicurean will once again open its doors to serve breakfast with the jolly man in the red suit.

The Old Town restaurant’s second annual Breakfast with Santa is Sunday, Dec. 8, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Proceeds from the sale of each breakfast, $15 for adults and $10 for children, will go to Niagara-on-the-Lake Palliative Care.

Palliative Care program manager Bonnie Bagnulo said she was approached by Epicurean owner and chef Gina Angelakopoulos last year about the breakfast. Her plan was to support the organization with Tim Taylor, NOTL’s resident Santa, enlisted for the iconic role.

“This year we have our own Tim Taylor, who is the Palliative Care Santa, and he goes out and does appearances around town and gives a portion of the proceeds to Niagara-on-the-Lake Palliative Care, which is amazing,” Bagnulo said.

Taylor connected with Angelakopoulos at the Epicurean and so began the relationship between the restaurant and the organization.

Last year, “We put it together on short notice, and we had an OK turnout. But she thought if we did this every year it would grow, so this will be our second annual,” Bagnulo said.

Angelakopoulos said she’s looking forward to Santa’s visit.

“We want nothing more than to help Palliative Care. Santa comes in and walks around from table to table and talks to everyone. This is a cause for all ages – and who doesn’t love Santa?”

Bagnulo said she is “incredibly grateful” to the Epicurean and Taylor for the support.

“Opportunities like this offer not only additional needed funds, but it’s relationship building. It’s also a chance to chat with people about all that our crucial service offers this community,” she said.

“We have a need for extra equipment and we have extra programming costs as a direct result of growth this year, and Santa just may make our wishes come true.”

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant at 905-468-3408, or by email at theepicurean@cogeco.net.

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